by   June 15 2012   
You just purchased a new computer and you’re ready to start setting everything up just like your old computer.

First time Computer Setup Steps

You just purchased a new computer and you're ready to start setting everything up just like your old computer.

At anytime if you feel you need some additional help you are welcome to use our service desk.

Or you just purchased your first computer and you are feeling great about it and having fun.

My Question: Did you setup everything so your system is updated and have followed the system recovery steps?

I’ll toss a number out and let others decided if it's accurate. 90% of computer users when they buy or upgrades to a different computer do not follow the top 2 technical advisements offered by millions of technicians.

  1. Update your software as soon as you turn on your computer.
  2. Create a disk recovery library (rescue disk, factory install disk set.)

With these two items your new computer by the end of its first week might need to be recovered or have the main operating system installed again.

Maybe you made a system change or maybe something happened when you tried to download a new application that looked great. You might be new to the computer world or you might be new to your new operating system. In either case many of us find it's faster to recover a system than it is to debug a system especially if you are new.

One example of this was from a computer user that upgraded to a newer computer. The new computer often is thought of having everything new but that's far from the truth. Most times we have 90 or so updates to do even with new computers. These updates will be offered more often now that Patch Tuesdays are a real thing the software industry is following.

Basically you should be looking at the first or second week of every month updating the most common software you are using. Your operating system, Adobe, Java to name a few that are now attempting to keep ahead of the Zero Day (Unknown) viruses or exploits to the software.

Back to the short story, the person we adding an HP printer and the error message from the software stated that the .Net framework was not correct. So what is the .Net Framework? Well, it's part of your Microsoft Windows Software and is one of those items that need to be updated.

If this person with the new computer followed the top 2 rules they would not have seen this information and it would have saved them time and money (another site charged them to learn the secret of updates which is "Click Windows Update".)

So, before you start installing your old applications and your old and new hardware make sure you follow these two basic rules.

  1. Update your Microsoft Windows Software.
  2. Create a Recovery Disk and a complete factory installation disk set (typically this is 4 DVDs + 1 for your recovery disk.

How to do this work:

  1. Click the Windows Button (start button)
  2. Using the Search (run) line type: Windows Update
  3. You should see Windows Update appear in the top of the search column.
  4. From the Windows update screen (image below) click Check for Updates.
  5. Follow the instructions and if asked to reboot then do it.
  6. Once you have added updates check once again for updates. This is what I call, updating updates.
  7. Repeat this process about 3 times or until no additional updates are found and it displays the message after "Checking for updates" then it will switch to "No Important updates available"
  8. You might see Optional updates which you can review and install if needed.


Windows Update Screen:

 Windows -Update -Screen

 No updates available screen:

Windows -Update -Screen -2

Screen images of what you will see in your rescue disk setup and factory disk setup.

How to open Backup and Restore

  1. Click the Windows Button (start button)
  2. Using the Search (run) line type: Backup and Restore
  3. From the search column results click on Backup and Restore.

Before you setup your "Scheduled Backup" we need to make sure you have the core Operating System saved as it was installed on your computer.

You'll see "Create a System Image" and "Create a System Repair Disc".

The system image is a full snapshot of your hard drive and very important.

The Repair disc is a single disk that requires at times the OEM disk that most likely you don't have with your new computer.

If you have a brand name computer you'll find their software offers a simple "Create Operating System Disk" which will on average be 4 DVD's.

If you are working from an OEM copy you're in luck, create a full system image and replace that image as you add software. (Make life easy)

If you need assistance at this point feel free to use the Service Desk Ticket system. Because there are so many different manufacturers and I don't have all the OEM disks from them I can not offer step by step instructions. But, if the computer is new it should have support for a limited time that will (I hope) help you make your "Factory Operating System Disks" if not, send me a note with make and model of your system and I'll ask their tech support for you.

Windows -Update -Screen -2-No -Drive -Space

If you are reading this looking for an answer to why you are getting errors when you are installing applications here's your first good bit of information, If you haven't ran your updates you might find the issue will go away. Don't confuse this with incompatible software which is a completely different story and offers different methods which are more advanced. This is for new computers and new computer users to start off correctly.

Hope this helps

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You just purchased a new computer and you’re ready to start setting everything up just like your old computer.